Wednesday, January 2, 2013


2012 has come and gone.
From the way this blog reads
you might not realize that a
whole year as passed and you
haven't even moved an inch.


2012 is gone and we are now on the 2nd day of 2013!
I decided to take a break from blogging for an entire year. This gave me an opportunity to focus on other things but I completely missed being able to journal about our daily life here, thus why I've decided to try and make a "comeback" ... but making a comeback would have to mean I had some sort of following and well... I don't think just your mom reading your blog is a following. Although I do love that she reads just about every post and leaves a comment. What can I say, my mom rocks.

But yeah... it was a really nice break but let's be honest - I adore blogging. Writing was something I didn't know I loved to do and I found this out through blogging. This is the place I can let my creative juices flow. This is the place I can journal things I know I would forget otherwise. This is the place where I can post fun pics of my rascals for my family and friends. That way all y'all can see what kind of trouble we've been getting into.

I've decided it would be a good idea to compile a short list to review all of the things that happened in 2012 so that years down the road we can remember what happened. Cuz the Lord knows I have a terrible memory and I WILL forget!

So here goes:



1. Spent New Years with Casi and Brian and Macarti Rae - we started what we hope to be an annual event where we all spend time together, playing games and snarfing down bucket loads of hot wings. Yummm!

2. Started my first Beth Moore Bible Study - Mercy Triumphs (on book of James) Loved it!!


1. William started his short and sweet potty training. That boy rocked the potty training!!

2. Aunt Jo and Uncle Brian and kids came to town!

3. We all got wonderful loving packages for Valentines!

... and I made us heart pancakes!


1. Casi quit working for the construction company and got a job as a secretary for a transportation/limo service. The Lord showed us, yet again, how faithful he is through his timing, his mercy and protection over our family during this challenging time.

2. The Mr. coached boys Rugby! He SO rocks it.

3. Our little farm in the city got new baby chicks to enjoy!

4. We enjoyed a wonderful Easter.

We all went to church together and

then the kids enjoyed a fun Easter Egg Hunt after church.


1. Got with a friend and started working out with her once a week and she put me on a workout regimen. I was so thankful for the time this friend put into helping me and educating me on health and exercise.

1. Ugh! I turned 31! lol!

2. God was really working on my heart and our family. He's so good to us.

3. Made lots of new friends through our new church family!


1. Sweet Pea turned 5 years old!!

2. Pauly boy got to go on his first camping trip with daddy up to Boy Scout camp and he did so good! ... So did mommy. lol!!!

3. Auntie got something sparkly presented to her on Father's Day .... let the wedding planning begin!

1. 4th of July was a grand time. First we went to the parade

and then we went to some friend's house for swimming, bbq and fireworks (and the sprinklers turned on when we were lighting fireworks!) Awesome memories. <3 p="p">
2.Watched the London Summer Olympics. My boys loved it! This is them trying to do gymnastics on the couch!

3. My beautiful cousin, Aubrey, got married. It was a really fun wedding and great time spent with family.

4. Family from North Dakota came to visit. We had LOTS of fun!

5. Pauly boy started swim lessons. He was VERY attentive and did so great! He can't wait to have more lessons

and William is excited to start up next year!

1. I decided to try and fly down the stairs which ended up in a trip to the Emergency Room. Nothing broken just terribly bumped and bruised. My shoulder still hurts.

2. Our church got a new Worship Pastor!

3. Became best friends with my glue gun making decorations for Casi's wedding.
It was so much fun planning and plotting for her wedding with her.
Photo by: EMZ Photography
4. I found a sweet little stray dog in a parking lot and he ended up being the sweetest thing. Ben's mom ended up adopting him to surprise Grandad. They named him Lad. We all really love him.
This is before his haircut.
 This is after his haircut. Huge difference, huh!?!


1. Pauly boy turned FIVE! Can't hardly believe it.

2. Casi and I went to a Beth Moore event. It was amazing. I could listen to her speak all day - everyday.
3. Sweet Pea started Kindergarten!

4. My two boys got to go and spend a week with Mimi and Papa while we finished up wedding decorations and tied up loose ends.

 5. My sweet sister married an amazing man and Sweet Pea got a new daddy <3 class="separator" nbsp="nbsp" p="p" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">
photo by: EMZ photography
6. Ben and I celebrated our 8th year Wedding Anniversary! Ben made us the most wonderful sushi dinner to celebrate!


1. Casi and Macarti officially moved out. Bittersweet.

2. Ben got an amazing bounty from his garden.

...and our little chickens are doing great!

3. We found out we are expecting our 3rd baby! So excited! This will be the last baby from this mama-body so we are VERY curious if we are having a boy or a girl. We still have about a month till we find out.

4. Attended the Bridgepoint Harvest Party. Pauly was a NASCAR race car driver and William was an airplane pilot. Macarti dressed up Queen Esther. They were all so stinkin' cute.

5. Mama slept through some of this month - I wasn't really SUPER sick - just nauseous! But my sweet boys were super helpful and would play nicely and let me rest when I needed to.

6. We got to go to our first baby doctor appointment. We had an ultra sound and got to see that our little one was doing great!

1. My sweet William turned 3! Geesh. Where has the time gone?

2. We voted to elect a President of the United States. ... Obama won, again.

3. We all enjoyed an amazing Thanksgiving dinner at Aunt Louise and Uncle Brad's house. There was great food and fun!

4. New love for Duck Dynasty! Hilarious!!!

5. Lots of sleeping for mama on the couch. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

1. Got a new pickle obsession. Love all things sour and tangy right now.

2. Paul got to be involved in his first Christmas Program! He did an amazing job!

3. Went to second doctor's appointment and we got to hear the heartbeat!!! Praise the Lord!!

 4. Got into my second trimester and I feel like a whole new woman... It's amazing how that works that way.

5. Blessed. Blessed. Blessed.

6. We went to my nieces Christmas Program and got to listen to her sing. She's amazing.

7. Got a doozy of a sliver out of Pauly's foot.

8. Made my first dolls to surprise my boys for Christmas.

9. We all got REALLY sick with colds, sinus infections, tummy aches. boooooohooooo!
10. Stayed home for Christmas. It was very nice even though we were all sick.

This year was full of blessings and surprises but it also brought traumatic events throughout our country that brought us all to our knees. I'm happy, as I'm sure you all are, to see 2012 be done and over with. I'm ready for a fresh slate and a blank calendar. I have hope for 2013 to be a year of life,

living and loving.
It's going to be good, my friends.

Stay tuned!


shila said...

I loved this recap and missed your page very much. Love u woman.

Jackie said...

Good Job Sami.
love you


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